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American Council on Consumer Interests records
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American Council on Consumer Interests records

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  • 1953-1983

The American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI) records document the activities of the group from its beginning in 1953 through 1983. The records are contained in four boxes (4.0 cubic feet) and they are divided into the following series: 1) Correspondence, 1963-1983; 2) Board of Directors, 1976-1982; 3) Committees, 1954-1982; 4) Conferences, 1953-1978; 5) Financial Documents, 1956-1979; 6) Miscellaneous, 1965-1982.
The first series contains incoming and outgoing correspondence of the executive directors, Edward Metzen (1973-1976), Karen Stein (1975-1978), Mel Zelenak (1978-1982), and Barbara Slusher (1984- 1986). The correspondence pertains mainly to payment of membership dues, a proposed site relocation, 1978, and publications.
The second series, board of directors, consists of minutes from board meetings and annual reports to the board from the executive directors (1976-1982).
The third series, committees, is one of the largest comprising forty-three folders. The executive committee sub-series (1956- 1982) contains correspondence, agendas, annual reports and documents concerning annual business meetings, meetings, conference calls and miscellaneous matters.
The membership committee (1972-1977) is the second sub-series and contains correspondence regarding membership in ACCI and a promotional manual. Conferences is another sizable series in the records. It spans the years 1953-1978 and is housed in one box. In this series is information about each annual conference including registration, program, finances, and planning.
The fifth series contains financial documents. It is divided into three sub-series; financial documents (1955-1983), grants (1963- 1981), and Internal Revenue Service (1967-1979). The first sub- series includes monthly, budget, and accountants reports, financial projections, and miscellaneous items. The grants sub- series contain information on grants applied for and/or received from Consumer's Union and the Office of Consumer Education. The third sub-series, Internal Revenue Service, has information pertaining to tax status, employee withholding, and miscellaneous tax information.
The last series contains miscellaneous material for the years 1965-1982. It concerns the following; ACCI history (a history of ACCI written by Henry Harap in 1969 is found here), internship program that began with the Conference of Consumer Organizations, booklet on lobbying by public interest charities, National Consumers Week, and testimonies from the Consumer Federation of America.

American Council on Consumer Interests

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